Man struck, killed by car in South Philadelphia

Posted: August 06, 2010

A man was struck and killed by a vehicle last night near 7th Street and Packer Avenue in South Philadelphia.

The body of the victim, identified by a friend as Sam Yee, remained covered with a blue tarp about 11 p.m., more than two hours after he was hit by a car about 8:52 p.m.

"He was a number-one guy," said Vu Vo, who said he worked with the victim at nearby Procacci Bros. Sales Corp. at Front Street and Packer Avenue. "He just did his job and went home. He's just a good guy."

Vo said he and Yee worked the 10 a.m.-to-7 p.m. shift at Procacci Bros., a fruit and vegetable distributor.

He said Yee walked along Packer Avenue, then north on 7th Street, after work each night.

"I can't believe this happened," Vo said, looking at the man's body underneath the tarp.

A silver Toyota pickup truck and a yellow Volkswagen Beetle were both parked askew on Packer Avenue with their flashers on as police investigated last night. It was unclear which vehicle had struck Yee.

Drivers from both vehicles remained at the scene talking with police.

- David Gambacorta

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